We the People: The Foundation & Evolution of the U.S. Constitution

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"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." — Preamble to the Constitution The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens. The Constitution acted like a colossal merger, uniting a group of states with different interests, laws, and cultures. Under America's first national government, the Articles of Confederation, the states acted together only for specific purposes. The Constitution united its citizens as members of a whole, vesting the power of the union in the people. Without it, the American Experiment might have ended as quickly as it had begun. James Madison introduced 12 amendments to the First Congress in 1789. Ten of these would go on to become what we now consider to be the Bill of Rights. One was never passed, while another dealing with Congressional salaries was not ratified until 1992, when it became the 27th Amendment. Based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights, the writings of the Enlightenment, and the rights defined in the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights contains rights that many today consider to be fundamental to America. Contents: The Journal of the Debates in the Convention Which Framed the Constitution of the United States Constitutional Amendment Process Measures Proposed to Amend the Constitution Congress Creates the Bill of Rights Constitution Amendments Biographies of the Founding Fathers

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James Madison (1751–1836), an illustrious statesman and political philosopher, holds a preeminent place in American history as the 'Father of the Constitution'. He played a pivotal role in the drafting and promoting of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Madison's intellectual prowess and political acumen were instrumental in the formation and stabilization of the United States' foundational legal framework. In his comprehensive treatise 'We the People: The Foundation & Evolution of the U.S. Constitution', Madison delves into the conceptual genesis, historical context, and philosophical principles that underpin the Constitution. His literary style, characterized by a balanced synthesis of legal rigor and accessible prose, provides profound insights for scholars of American history and constitutional law. Madison's contribution to political theory and practice is not only evident in his written work but also in his tenure as the fourth President of the United States. His commitment to the principles of checks and balances, federalism, and individual rights has left an indelible mark on the nation's democratic ethos. The legacy of James Madison's scholarship continues to inform contemporary debates on governance and civil liberties, cementing his legacy as a pivotal figure in the articulation of democratic ideals.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 903 Pages

Filesize: 2.9 MB

ISBN: 8596547752097